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BANKS OF INVERNESS, THE. AKA - "The Banks of Enverness." AKA and see "Anderson's Reel," "Ceangulla Polka," "Croppies' March," "Croppy's Retreat (The)," "Farewell to Limerick," "Father Murphy's Quick Step," "Fisherman's Lilt," "Freedom for Ireland," "Heather on the Hill (1)," "Lark's Nest," "Molly What Ails You," "Siege of Ennis (1) (The)," "You're Right My Love" (related tune). Scottish; Reel or Strathspey. Irish, Polka. C Major (Carlin, O'Farrell): D Major (Cole): A Major (Miller). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody can also be found within the ceili dance piece called both "Siege of Ennis (1) (The)" and "Walls of Limerick." The melody is a popular polka in Ireland, however, due to the word 'Inverness' in the title it is thought to have Scottish origins (perhaps derived from a strathspey), and O'Farrell (c. 1806) gives the provenance as "Scotch." County Sligo fiddle great Michael Coleman recorded the tune in New York as "Kerryman's Daughter (1) (The)." See also the related Northumbrian melody "Salmon Tails up the Water." The melody, collected in County Cork, appears in Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman's manuscripts of the mid-19th century under the title "Father Murphy's Quick Step." It is possible the title refers to Father John Murphy, County Wexford, who for a time was a leader of the 1798 rebellion (a 'quick step', after all, is a martial denotation for a type of march).


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Printed sources : - Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; p. 86 (#142). Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 11 (appears as "The Banks of Enverness"). Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 115, p. 79. O'Brien (Jerry O'Brien's Accordion Instructor), Boston, 1949. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. II), c. 1806; p. 143. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 34.

Recorded sources : - Gael Linn CEF 146, Seamus McGuire and John Lee - "The Missing Reel."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]



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